Christmas Advent Calendar 2012

Every year, we do an advent calendar as a family, to mark the count down to Christmas Day.  I guess it’s one of our family traditions.  For the last couple of years, I created my own.  Last year we did a Gift Box Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, the year before it was cute envelopes hung across a door.   It’s all really simple stuff: easy, cheap and fun for the kids.

christmas advent calendars

This year, I decided on a Gift Bag Twig Christmas Tree Advent Calendar and below is how I put it together.


Twigs/tree branch

Heavy vase (you can use stones in the bottom of the vase to give it more weight)

25 Small organza gift bags — 10cm x 7.5 cm (you can buy packs for a few dollars at discount stores)

Shipping tags labeled 1 to 25 with a permanent marker (you can purchase shipping tags from stationery stores or newsagents or simply use paper with a hole punched in the top)

Favour (optional) — like chocolate, clips, matchbox cars, tree decorations, mini balls or other small toys

Christmas Story in 25 Parts (optional)

1. Collect Twigs/Branch

My husband cut a few leafless branches from a Banksia tree in the back yard for me.  A short walk in the park will usually result in decorative branches too.  Place the branches in a vase and break off a few twigs here and there until you have the shape you want.

christmas advent calendar tree

2. Fill bags

Fill organza bags with the chocolate, favour, tree decorations, joke, Christmas story for each day (you can find the template here) or anything you like.  Some of our bags have cute Disney Christmas decorations I found at Coles (like this Buzz).

christmas advent calendar

3. Number

Feed both sides of the string on the bag through the hole in the numbered label (so it sits flat in front of the bag) and hang.

christmas advent calendar 2012

4. Hang the bags on the tree

My daughter did this part outside in the cool of the afternoon.  We started to hang the bags without filling them, but then realised it would be easier to fill them first, and then hang.

5.  Done!

Oh, I love it! I love it.  It looks so rustic and festive, and the kids can’t wait for December 1 to come.

christmas advent calendar print out

christmas advent calendar print out

christmas advent calendar 2012

christmas advent calendar


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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. Kirsty VI says

    This is simple but so beautiful. Will definitely give it a go with mr 2 this year….do you think he’ll be able to keep his hands off??

  2. says

    Hi, this is a fun idea. I have an Advent Calendar made by my mother and it’s time to go out and buy some chocolates to fill it up. I like your idea tho – would be a fun thing to do with the kids.

  3. julie says

    Thanks so much for this idea, i made one with my little girl on the weekend, she’s six, with a beautiful red flowering gum, a nice piece of Aussie Christmas on our coffee table, with red and silver organza bags.
    We have had such a fun week, she bounces out of bed to find the number and jumps in bed with me and we read the bible verse & question.
    I’d been looking for something other than the commercial tacky advent calendars, with the true meaning of christmas. Thanks for helping me, without breaking the budget.
    (had a little special moment when i was printing the readings off your website, my daughter read the title and said “Be a fun mum, that’s you mummy, you’re such a fun mum” . love those precious moments that make your heart fuzzy!)

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